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  1. Vitamin K at Birth

    Let’s Talk Vitamin K and Newborns

    Vitamin K is necessary for normal blood clotting in adults and children. But newborns are different.  They are not born with sufficient amounts of the vitamin.  This alone is enough to make you question the necessity of an injection.  If all babies are born with little Vitamin K, it may be because it is what is meant to be.  But, understandably, some argue that Vitamin K is needed so it must be administered.

    It is quite rare, but in some newborns, a deficiency in Vitamin K can lead to a serious bleeding disorder, typically in the first week of life, called Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN). HDN is an internal bleeding that occurs in the brain and other organs, leading to serious injury or potentially even death.

    Due to this disease, which may affect 0.25% of infants, it has become standard treatment to give a Vitamin K injection as a preventative measure to all infants at birth, even when risk factors are not present. Continue reading

  2. Lowering the Risk of Preeclampsia

    Lowering the Risk of Preeclampsia

    How can you prevent a condition in which the cause is not specifically known?  Good question. 

    The truth is that you may not be able to prevent preeclampsia 100%, but research shows that there are numerous ways to lower your risk of developing it.

    Preeclampsia should not exist at the level that it does in the US today.  This is a scary fact; the United States leads the charts on preeclampsia diagnoses each year by staggering amounts.  Alongside of our mortifyingly high maternal and infant death rates that are also at the top of the charts, this should beg for attention.  We are obviously doing things wrong.

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    Preeclampsia is a very serious pregnancy complication for which the only known cure is delivery of the baby. Although some medication can keep the symptoms at bay, waiting too long to deliver can lead to full blown eclampsia, organ failure and other complications in the mother and baby. Preeclampsia has mortality risk factors for both mother and baby and all possible prevention methods should be put in place at the first sign of pregnancy.

    Our lifestyle and food choices are literally killing us – and our babies.  The chemicals and toxins found in our water, on our foods, in our foods, and even in our overly-polluted air are hurting us. 

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  3. Preeclampsia is Scary – Know the Signs & Symptoms

    Preeclampsia is Scary – Know the Signs & Symptoms

    Preeclampsia is the largest known cause of premature birth in the US.

    Preeclampsia is a condition that can occur to anyone during pregnancy.  Science has yet to pinpoint an exact cause, but many researches feel as though it can be prevented by following certain protocols while pregnant.  That being said, it is not a guarantee.  Doing everything right may help lower chances of dealing with this complication, but you need to know the signs and symptoms just in case.

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  4. New Study Shows Breastfeeding Does More Than We Thought

    New Study Shows Breastfeeding Does More Than We Thought

    Science has done it again!  New research shows that breastmilk is even more amazing than we thought.

    We all know the magic of the ‘Liquid Gold.’  The milk that is worth crying over if spilt.

    Breastmilk is perfection.  The only source of complete nutrition that is created entirely by your body for your baby. There is simply nothing that can compare.

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  5. Interview Your Birth Team: Questions for Doctors and Midwives

    Interview Your Birth Team: Questions for Doctors and Midwives

    There are limitless ways to birth your baby, but in our society most women blindly follow their doctor’s orders.  You deserve more than standard care.  You deserve to understand that this is your birth, your baby, and your choice.  You have the option to decide where, when, and how your birth takes place.

    Of course there are exceptions.  This is when the high risk care comes into play.  However, even during these times, you have CHOICES.  You have OPTIONS.  Never blindly follow, but instead educate yourself on the care that you expect to receive for you and baby throughout the pregnancy and beyond.  Your birth team works for you, not the other way around.

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  6. Loving Your Postpartum Body

    Becoming a mother is a selfless act.

    You are somewhat prepared for the lifestyle changes that come with parenthood.  Thanks to babywearing, grandparents, friends, and babysitters, you can still have a social life – maybe even a break once in a while.

    What are you not prepared for?

    Your ‘New’ Body. Continue reading